During the global pandemic (covid19) millions of people and households have been affected. Having a huge impact on people’s financial stability globally and around communities socially. In Africa the impact has be more significant as Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has warned about rising fatality rates across the continent, saying that of the 55 countries they monitor, 21 are reporting death rates above the global average of 2.2%. A study published in The Lancet suggests that Africa are far more likely to die than in other parts of the world because of limited healthcare resources. Also, researchers, who looked at patients in hospitals across 10 African countries, found that nearly half of those who needed intensive care died, whereas the global average was less than a third. The global fatality rate has fallen since the start of the pandemic, which would put more African countries above the global average. Not just in Africa but in many countries around the world, suffering has become unthinkable in is severity. And now its spreading across these vulnerable communities and the situation has become even more desperate.
What we have done As a result, to this infinity mind foundation has done their bit to help communities in London and sierra leone. To transform the lives of those living in poverty and long-term health conditions. By providing food packages, seeds and tools to enable people to grow their own crops to survive. Since Jan 2020 to Oct 2021, we have delivered to 375 households per month. We have 5 drivers who deliver the packages. we have also been actively sign posting ad providing medical advice to people of how to keep safe during covid and been encouraging the youths to participate and help around. The coronavirus outbreak has upended daily life with drastic shifts in the last month: restaurants and schools are closed, unemployment claims continue to increase, and many people are staying home to prevent further spread of the virus. But as we try our best to adjust to this new normal, there are still safe ways to help the people around us in trying times. Here’s how we at Infinity Mind Foundation lend a hand to our neighbours and communities in UK in need.
Help people access the food they need Food banks are in desperate need of donations and volunteers as the demand for food has dramatically increased amid the coronavirus outbreak. People with limited finances are struggling to put food on the table, and older and vulnerable volunteers are following directions to stay home to protect their health. Vulnerable groups are hit hard by the pandemic, among them are migrant workers and refugees.
Volunteers preparing food parcels. Food donated
10 to 15 volunteers each week and is supported by local people, churches, businesses, schools and supermarkets. With the help of our Managing director Infinity Mind Foundation worked with nutritionists to ensure food parcels contains sufficient nutrition for at least three days worth of healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families.
A TYPICAL FOOD PARCEL INCLUDES:
Peanut butter, jam, or honey
Pasta or rice
Tea or coffee
Clothes washing tabs or powder
Infinity Mind Foundation supports a network of food banks all over the country, who provide play a vital role in their communities by donating food parcels to those in crisis. They have worked with nutritionists to ensure food parcels contains sufficient nutrition for at least three days worth of healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families. Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The simple act of providing food makes a big difference and helps prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.
Volunteers meet clients over a warm drink or free hot meal and are able to direct people to agencies able to solve any longer-term problems. On Thursday and Friday evening we delivered our boxes of food. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, supporting our local communities is essential during these challenging times. As cities and towns ask their residents to stay home to slow the virus’ spread, many of us are grappling with how to be there for each other when we can’t be near each other.
As we watch the coronavirus pandemic play out on a global scale, it’s easy to feel helpless. But no matter who you are or what your situation, you can make a difference. Even if you’re quarantined at home, there are still many ways to get involved and give back, including donating money or supplies, volunteering virtually, and checking in on people who might need support. There is always something you can do to help others. And by helping others you will also help yourself. Research shows that volunteering makes you happier and healthier. Especially now with most of us isolated from others or confined to interacting with only those in our household it’s a great way to reinforce your community ties and remind you that we’re all working towards a common goal. Finding ways to give back during COVID-19 will help lower your own anxiety and stress, boost your mood, and give you a sense of purpose during this difficult time.
Written by Sian Ansah – Infinity Mind Foundation UK secretary